ERIC Number: EJ1055670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
"We Txt 2 Sty Cnnectd": An African American Mother and Son Communicate: Digital Literacies, Meaning-Making, and Activity Theory Systems
Lewis, Tisha Y.
Journal of Education, v193 n2 p1-13 2013
This research demonstrated how an African American mother and son communicated via texting and instant messaging at home. Data from a 2007 larger ethnographic case study of a family's digital literacy practices were collected and analyzed. Situated within the framework of New Literacy Studies and multimodality, this research explored: (a) how and why an African American mother and son communicated through texting and IM, (b) how this family drew on multimodal meaning-making resources, and (c) how texting and IM between these family members demonstrated the potential to change the perceptions of literacy researchers regarding the dynamics of family structures.
Descriptors: African Americans, Parent Child Relationship, Mothers, Sons, Interpersonal Communication, Handheld Devices, Synchronous Communication, Ethnography, Computer Literacy, Media Literacy, Family Life, Family Structure, Case Studies
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